K-pop group BTS has left for the White House to meet with President Joe Biden to discuss hate crimes against Asians and to celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month.
Details have not been announced, but a tour of South Korean pop sensations will be held on Tuesday, the White House said.
President Biden has previously spoken of his commitment to tackling the rising tide of hate crime in Asia and signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021 to provide law enforcement agencies with the resources to identify, investigate and report hate crime. That hate crime information is more accessible to the AA and NHPI communities, “the White House said. “President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and the BTS platform as a youth ambassador who has spread a message of hope and positivity around the world.”
BTS has partnered with UNICEF to launch Love Myself, an anti-violence campaign. They have also performed at the UN General Assembly.
The White House has tapped into pop culture statistics to highlight various social issues. Last week, Selena Gomez attended an event with First Lady Jill Biden to raise awareness about mental health. Paris Hilton visited the White House earlier this month to speak with administration officials about her advocacy for the protection of young people in the residential program.